Monday 21 January 2019

Abusive partygoer threatened officer, spat in patrol car

Dovydas Baltrusaitis
Dovydas Baltrusaitis

A partygoer found drunk on a street told a garda "I will f**k you up" then spat while inside a patrol car and in a cell after he was arrested.

Dovydas Baltrusaitis (27) damaged the car and cell in a "wanton act of thuggery", a judge said.

Judge David McHugh said he would order the defendant to carry out 200 hours of community service instead of a jail sentence if he is found suitable.

Baltrusaitis, of Phibblestown House, Clonee, admitted breach of the peace and criminal damage.

Sgt Maria Callaghan told Blanchardstown District Court that gardai were on patrol last April 27 when they received a complaint that a number of men were trying to stop cars at River Road, Finglas.

When they arrived, the acc-used and another man were in the middle of the road.


Baltrusaitis was clearly intoxicated and a garda said he was going to search him.

He became irate and said: "I will f**k you up." The garda decided to arrest him for his own safety, and Baltrusaitis said: "F**k you, scumbags."

There was a brief struggle, he was handcuffed, and continued to be abusive in the patrol car.

He began spitting in the interior of the car and was taken to Finglas Garda Station where he spat on the cell walls. The car and the cell had to be cleaned.

The accused went to the garda station with a written letter of apology the day before the court hearing.

He was from Lithuania and had been in Ireland since 2005.

On the night, he had drunk a "significant amount of alcohol" at a house party, his lawyer said.

"Alcohol, he says, simply doesn't agree with him," the lawyer said, adding that he had €200 to offer the court.

"This was complete, wanton thuggery," said Judge McHugh, adjourning the case for a community service suitability report.

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